Trekking means moderate walking in nature, and is one of the most beautiful activities that people living in a metropolis like Istanbul can do to escape from the chaos of the city. Trekking areas help to get plenty of oxygen as they usually have a clean atmosphere. During trekking, you benefit from all the advantages of sports, and also leave stress aside. In addition, there are many beautiful trekking areas that you can enjoy in and around Istanbul. Here are the trekking routes in and around Istanbul where you can let off the steam, and cozily inhale the oxygen...
Kargali Falls - Gebze
When you arrive at this track located in Gebze, the look of the falls will really impress you! Completing these routes with two tracks of 14 and 20 km takes 4-5 hours in average. While moving forward on this route, you can witness all sorts of ridge ways, meadows, and forests.
Polonezkoy - Istanbul
We can say that Polonezkoy is neither inside nor outside Istanbul. Polonezköy route, which is often preferred by beginners, is a perfect route for those who say “I don’t want to be away from Istanbul too much, but I want to go trekking!”. Remember that you can have a joyful breakfast after trekking.
Erikli Highland - Yalova
The starting point of Erikli Highland track located in Yalova is Tesvikiye Village. The first stage of the track starts very mildly. The slope starts to increase after 15-minute walking. Then, you reach the plain where Erikli Highland is located. The highland settlements were established here in the past. After you rest, you can reach Erikli Falls by following the way along the waterfront.
Sarikavak - Sile
The track in Sarikavak Village located in Sile is 3 km in length. You can witness various natural beauties while trekking on the track.
Ballikayalar - Gebze
At a distance of 1.5 hours from Istanbul, Ballikayalar is a total natural wonder. The shortest track on the area hosting multiple trekking tracks is 11 km. Of course, there are longer tracks as well. During a day-trip in Ballikayalar, you can set up a camp, or enjoy a hot cup of tea down after trekking. Moreover, there are some rock climbing tracks as well if you like climbing.
Belgrad Forest - Istanbul
Located on an area of 5.300 hectares, Belgrad Forest has multiple trekking routes. Although people of Istanbul usually prefer Belgrad Forest for picnic, it is also possible to go trekking there. You can witness the most beautiful state of the nature in specific routes of Belgrad Forest.
Sakligol - Sile
The track located in this paradise which is 50 km to Istanbul is 2-3 km in length. You can enjoy a cup of strong freshly brewed tea across the lake after trekking on this track which is suitable for beginners. As an alternative, you can also prefer the 12-km track surrounding Darlik Dam Lake.
Masukiye - Izmit
Being a town of Izmit, Masukiye is located on the piedmont of Kartepe. There are multiple trekking routes in the region which are very suitable for camping. You can reach up the hotel region after walking for 1 or 2 hours. If you prefer this area, spring and winter seasons are the most beautiful times of the region.
Ucmakdere - Sarkoy
Ucmakdere - Ganos Mountains route located in Tekirdag Sarkoy is the frequent destination for both biking and trekking lovers. The track here is moderate - hard. Ucmakdere with its enjoyable earth roads and hillsides has a fantastic view! In addition, you will have your fill of oxygen here.
Igneada Floodplain Forests - Kirklareli
The last route close to Istanbul is Igneada Floodplain Forests. This route where you can reach after a 4-hour journey from Istanbul may help you have an unforgettable day. This is a fabulous route with its virgin forests!
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